Candidating for methodist ministers

The ordination process isn't for the impatient and can take a few years to complete depending on your educational background and whether you want to advance beyond a pastor to becoming a deacon or elder. Discuss your desire to minister with your pastor, district superintendent, or another member of the United Methodist ministry.

Spend time reading books on Christian ministry and praying about your vocation.

Nevertheless, she can rejoin the denomination at any time, the leaders said.

Complete an interview with the parish staff from your current ministry setting.

Request a recommendation by the appropriate district committee, and undergo a mentoring program.

United Methodists term this phase "Declaring Candidacy." Become a certified candidate.

Create written responses to ministry questions, undergo a psychological evaluation and background check, and provide any other information the district committee requests.

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